Alex Marsden MA. Dip. BACP
I am an experienced Adlerian practitioner, trainer and life coach. I offer a wide range of approaches and methods which we can use in conjunction with Classical Adlerian therapy. We can work together to create a solution focused package which is ideally tailored to your needs, designed to remove the obstacles which often stand in the way of self acceptance and contentment. All therapy is client lead and collaborative in nature, allowing for a productive relationship aimed at helping you to achieve your goals and develop more useful behaviours.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Adlerian Counselling (ASOW) an Adlerian Training Certificate (ASOW) and a Certificate in Adlerian Family Counselling (BAT) and an NVQ Level 3 Promoting Independence (Special Needs) (Pembs College)
I have worked for many years with all kind of disorders and mental and emotional health issues, I currently have a general private practice but also work in a dedicated capacity with other agencies specifically dealing with eating disorders and also with clients experiencing bereavement and grief & loss.
I also work as a counselling and psychotherapy trainer with the Adlerian society of Wales.
I sit on the council for individual psychology (ASIIP) (UK)
and also on the training committee for individual psychology (IIP) (UK)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have particular experience/interest in work relating to relating to issues around gender and sexuality also in working with spiritual/religious/existential issues.
I offer the first meeting as a no commitment introductory and evaluative session at reduced cost. In this first session we will cover some basic information and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions that may help you to decide whether this approach is going to be useful for you.
Sessions are 55 minutes and cost £40
First session - £35
“Every human being longs to be happy because happiness is our true nature”
Often we experience a feeling that in some way, life could be more joyful, more fulfilling or more peaceful. That we could be experiencing a much deeper level of contentment. Many of us spend our lives waiting for ‘life to be right so that we can be happy’ perhaps without realising it or without understanding why things sometimes seem not to improve despite all our efforts.
Our difficulties may be with our family and loved ones , or be connected with fulfilling our potential in our career and occupation, or perhaps with feelings of conflict, loneliness and a lack of connection and friendship in our social life. Perhaps we have never managed to allocate an hour a week to just looking at our life’s situation, our problems, our hopes, our dreams.
BUT, whatever the issue, the remedy may be closer than we think.
We might have an idea about what the problem is but sometimes the solution may be difficult to pinpoint without the help of a trained professional to help us. Sometimes it may be because part of the problem lies within our unconscious. It may be that on some level we are still carrying limiting beliefs or familiar negative feelings from long ago which are no longer serving us.
There are many different forms of therapy, many methods, theories and practices, because as human beings we are all different and unique, and an approach which may have limited benefit for one person might be ideally suited to someone else.
Adlerian therapy is designed to start with the issue as it presents itself in our life, and uses extremely powerful but gentle, well proven techniques to uncover the true nature of our discontent. We can then use these valuable insights to re-shape our lives in ways which are more in alignment with what it is that we truly desire.
“The truth will set you free” -Effective therapy will undoubtedly improve your quality of life but this improvement may also come with the following additional side effects: increased self acceptance , greater contentment, joy, inner peace, better relationships, increased circle of friends, a feelings of belonging, deeper intimacy, becoming more charismatic, better self esteem and healthier family and work connections.